Khoja Nasruddin on Prayer

Khoja Nasruddin clarifies what happens when one confuses the made with the Maker in prayer, and in many other things. One day Khoja Nasruddin had some business that took him to Bursa. He had a specific problem concerning his business which he could not solve. A friend therefore advised him, saying, “Since you will be […]

Ask in the Presence of Allah – Dr Shadee Elmasry

Dr Shadee Elmasry recounts the narration on the reduction of prayers from fifty to five and lists nine things we can learn from this. In the Isra and Miraj, the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, tells us: Then the prayers were enjoined on me: they were fifty prayers a day. When I returned, […]

The Science of the Heart – Safina Society Podcast

The Safina Society team is joined by Mufti Niaz Hannan and Yusuf Hussain to discuss Tasawwuf, what it is, why it is needed, and how to recognize it. With these two final episodes, the Safina Society team close out their season on a wonderful, warm, engaging, and lively discussion of Tasawwuf. What it is. What […]

Sura al Kahf: Musa, Khidr and Knowledge – Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Shaykh Walead explains the story of Musa and Khidr, peace be upon them. He highlights the key lessons from the story and its major theme. Now we get to the parable of Musa and of Khidr, peace be upon them. Tribulation with one’s knowledge – what one thinks one knows. It’s mentioned that Musa, peace […]

Sura al Kahf: The Opening Verse – Shaykh Walead Mosaad

Shaykh Walead Mosaad gives an overview of Surah Kahf, its virtues, significance and the background context for the reasons it was revealed. Abu Darda’ reported that Allah’s Messenger, blessings and peace be upon him, said: “If anyone learns the first ten verses of the Sura al Kahf by heart, they will be protected from the […]

Why Islam Is True E10: God Is a Volitional Agent

People have historically believed in two kinds of necessary being. Non-religious philosophers such as Aristotle and Avicenna argued for the existence of a necessary being who is the necessary and volitionless cause of the universe. Religious believers on the other hand — Muslims, Christians, and Jews — have held that the necessary being who made […]

Kin and Neighbors: Content of Character 06 – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus speaks on two groups pf people who deprive themselves of Allah’s glance on the Day of Judgment, namely, those who sever kinship ties and obnoxious neighbors. قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم: اثنان لا ينظر الله إليهما يوم القيامة: قاطع الرحم و جار السوء The Messenger of God, Allah bless […]

The Highest Aim of Fasting – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz explains that highest aim of fasting is realizing the closeness of Allah Most High, as it is the highest aim of religious works and religion itself. The aim of Ramadan is often limited when considered. When you ask someone, why do we fast? People say, we fast in order to inculcate taqwa. And […]

Why Islam Is True E09: God Did Not Begin to Exist

The beginning of the universe is evidence for the existence of a being that did not begin to exist, just as the contingency of the universe is evidence for the existence of a being that is not contingent. In this short episode, Shaykh Hamza recaps both of these arguments and concludes a series of presentations […]

Taqwa: Content of Character 05 – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

Shaykh Yahya Rhodus unfolds the essential etiquette we should have with our Lord, with ourselves, and with other people as is found in the concept of taqwa. قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم: اتّق الله حيثما كنتَ و أتبع السيئة الحسنة تمحها و خالق الناس حسن The Messenger of God said, “Keep God […]